- Jan 27 Matt Burgess's Book Launch
- Jan 30 Opening conversation for "The Soul Selects her own Society: Women Artists from the Miller Meigs Collection"
- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
“Physical intuition and imagination are essential for a great physicist.”
Doing theoretical physics is playing “detective” with Nature. Theoretical physicists confront seemingly unrelated pieces of information; their job is to interpret these pieces, link them together, and explore the simple yet elegant truth hidden beneath myriad equations.
Although advanced mathematics is an important component of theoretical physics, it’s not everything. Just as observational skills and experience are crucial for a detective, so are physical intuition and imagination essential for a great physicist.
Professor Tonnis ter Veldhuis and I worked on a collaborative research project—a branch of a larger program—investigating the idea that complex four-dimensional physical theories can be described by a much simpler gravitational theory in a higher dimension. This is known as the holographic principle, because holograms encode information about three-dimensional objects onto two-dimensional surfaces.
Physics problems are hard (which is why they’re fun!), so it’s important to be persistent, regardless of the difficulties you encounter. Research means being constantly confronted by challenges and finding ways to overcome them.
Professors at Mac encourage students to go beyond the regular coursework. Because of that encouragement, I did an independent study course called Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics under Professor ter Veldhuis’s guidance, which proved vital to our summer research.
Engaging in original research at Macalester is important for international students like me because most external research programs don’t accept international students. In addition, Macalester offers free campus housing for research students and the city provides many entertaining options when you need a break from physics.